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Title:Money for Food
Pub. date: 2007, 2010
Includes: Lesson Plans, reproducible hand-outs, worksheets, games.
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Description:The Money for Food Curriculum is designed to help families with limited resources become more food secure. The series of lessons teach meal planning and food resource management skills. Each lesson includes evaluation questions. Most lessons are designed to be taught in 20 minutes or less and in a small group setting; most are adaptable for teaching individual participants. Topics include: Planning for Food Money, Making a Spending Plan, Managing Your Food Money, Food Needs Food Wants, Why Plan Meals?, Planning Meals, Making a Grocery List, Good Foods to Have on Hand, Making Choices to Save Money on Food, Food Shopping Tips, Eating Away from Home and Using Your EBT Card for Food Purchases.
Funding Source: Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (USDA’s Food Stamp Program and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program)
Developer: Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program
Length: 13 lessons
Pilot Testing: Used by educators in 16 Wisconsin counties. Authors solicited specific, structured feedback from piloting educators and used the results to revise the curriculum.
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: The creative and interactive lessons in this curriculum encourage food stamp eligible audiences to maximize food dollars and prepare healthy meals. Lessons are short, well-organized and require little outside materials. Many of the lessons are appropriate for use with low-literacy audiences. Decision making skills are incorporated throughout the curriculum. For example, groups must make a financial choice based on the “situation” written on the card such as “An adult in the family eats at a restaurant 3 or more times a week”. Another example is a game where players build up nutrition, money or time “points” based on the quality of the decisions that are made. Although the topic of income and expenses are personal, the activities are fun and encourage idea sharing. The background information for the educator emphasize that the answers provided are neither right or wrong. Recipes are low cost but include yield, calories and fat grams only. Educators should note that the food costs are based on the year 2005. Material is well referenced.
Note: Curriculum was updated in 2010 to include several lessons in Spanish.
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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program
    Contact: Gayle Coleman
    Mail: 1415 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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    Bulkrate:Available on-line only

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